Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Goals

Happy New Year!  I won't go on and on about how I can't believe it's really 2014, even though I could talk about it all day long.  2013 flew by and lasted forever all at the same time.  I'll be honest and say that my heart kind of dropped last night as I watched the ball drop in Times Square.  Our sweet wedding year is over.  It was such a precious year full of so much newlywed bliss and I could just eat it all up with a biscuit.  That sweetness will forever have a special little pocket in my heart.  BUT, I know the Lord has big things for me and for us in 2014.  I'm ready to follow fearlessly.  

Yesterday, I gave you my vision for 2014 and my overall goals.  Today, I want to share some of my January goals that will help me achieve my overall goals throughout the year!  Let's do this, y'all!

1.  Spend time reading the bible/a devotional at the end of the day instead of being on my phone.
-I have a bad habit of laying in bed and scrolling through pinterest, twitter, and instagram before falling asleep.  It became a REALLY bad habit when Ty left for Nashville because I was in bed alone and had no one to stop me.  Ha!  I want to start limiting my social media time, and I KNOW I need to put it down when bedtime draws near.  I don't want the last thing I think about to be someone's IG picture or something I'm lusting over on pinterest.  Those things don't help me keep Jesus front and center.  This month I am going to really work on picking up a book, my bible, or my prayer journal during "down times" instead of reaching for my phone. 

2.  CALL friends at least once a week.
-I'm not a phone chatter.  I just really don't enjoy it that much.  But, I know that our "social media" world has started to develop more hands off relationships and that's just not a good thing.  I want to really invest in my relationships and picking up the phone is a start to that.

3.  Honor my husband by keeping a tidy home and being physically and emotionally ready for his homecoming each night. 
-I KNOW some of you are rolling your eyes right now.  "Really Nicole?  You sound like freaking June Cleaver.  Gag."  Just hear me out.  If you came home from work every night and your husband had out three different projects, a bag of chips, and his phone buzzing every three seconds, how would you feel?  How would you feel coming home to a husband who is frazzled from having his mind in a million different things (silly things, not "big" things) and could barely muster up a conversation because he's trying to finish up dinner because he just spent the last three hours browsing pinterest instead of doing something meaningful.

I'd be not happy.  I'd feel less important.  I'd feel anxious because my home, which should be relaxing and comforting, was in a cluttered state.  

NOW.  Think about how husbands feel when they come home to that.  They might not ever say that they're annoyed or that they wish we would have more of our junk together at night, but I know that my husband would greatly appreciate coming home to a put together how and a non-frazzled wife.  I'm going to make it a point to respond to emails and make my business phone calls as soon as I get home from school so that I can start on dinner and be chilled out by the time Tyler gets home.  I want to not be thinking about my to-do list or what I SHOULD be doing.  Because I SHOULD be loving my husband and investing real time and energy into our marriage.  That's what I SHOULD be doing.  SO. With that mouthful, I'll leave that point with saying I want to have my junk together so that I can actually enjoy my husbands presence.  The end. 

4.  Slowly build our business by creating a saving plan for equipment and building relationships with clients and peers that will encourage our business.
-This business won't be a "business" overnight.  It's going to take time, money, and mental investment for us to get 314 productions rolling.  I never want to get into the comparing game and compare where we are with where someone else is.  314 Productions is a straight gift from the Lord.  It's a huge blessing to us.  I want to be faithful with what the Lord is giving us and do everything by His timing and His plan.  This business is ultimately not about me.  It's about others.  Yes, the Lord has given it to us to fully bless us, but 314 Productions isn't about the money we can make or the status we can have.  It's about blessing other couples, enjoying our passion, and living fully in the freedom of the Lord's will.  This month, I want to be more prayerful and reflective of how the Lord is working in this new adventure. 

5.  This month I want to simplify our lifestyle by spending less money on food.  It's incredible to me that we could spend the majority of our money on food.  I started grocery shopping for the whole month to limit my time in Kroger so that all those processed snack cakes wouldn't be jumping in my basket. ;)  I want to be more intentional to have friends in our home instead of going OUT to eat.  How much more sweet is it to have friends sitting on our couch and eating at your table than being cramped at a small booth somewhere?  MUCH SWEETER.  I want to do this more.  I think it will not only cut costs, but help build relationships.  BONUS. 

OKAY.  There's that.  Five goals that will help me achieve the BIG goals I set for 2014.  I'm pumped.  Like, really.  I am so excited to work on these things and to be more disciplined so that I can BE more and DO more for the Lord.  I want to be a more faithful servant this year.  

What are your goals for the month?  MAKE SOME.  You have to start somewhere!


Pamela said...

I am SO with you on #3!!! That is one thing that I want to focus on more too!

Victoria Strader said...

YAY! YAY! YAY! You are awesome. I love each of these goals so much. I'm so looking forward to hearing about the grocery shopping journey!

Claire Voss said...

These are all so great! Thanks for sharing.:)

Annie said...

I really like how you've honed in on the heart of your overall goals to come up with a specific action plan, Nicole. I want to be a lot more focused this year on what I feel the Lord directing me to do, and I think specificity is a perfect start to that.

And I would like to be one of those phone calls. ;] It's been too long!

Taylor Rae said...

Truth: when I first read #3 I rolled my eyes. However, I started thinking about it and realized how many times my husband has mentioned how much he enjoys coming home to a clean house. He's so right! I love when he gets home before me and he's taken a few minutes to clean up. Thank you for posting this and sorry for rolling my eyes :)

Alyssa Marie Birchfield said...

It's like we have the same lives! ;) I can relate to every single one of these things that you mentioned. It's SO easy to get caught up and stop being intentional in all of these areas. I struggle with the same exact things. Here's to praying that we'll both grow in all of these areas this year! :)

Melissa Thompson said...

I love these goals. I think monthly goals are a great way to accomplish things during the year. Maybe I should try that rather than "New Year's Resolutions"...I also am so excited about your 314 Production business. I find videos to be a very special niche in the photog business. It allows you to capture real moments in motion! That's awesome. If I ever need a videographer, I will keep you in mind :). Have a great New Year's Day!

Melissa @ Melissa Faye Blog

Heather said...

Goal #3, couldn't agree with you more! Not only does it help with the husband's peace of mind, it helps with ours too! I'm frazzled right along with him if my house isn't as tidy as I think it should be. Great goals for the new year :)!

Allyson Butler said...

I love the idea of monthly goals, and I am right there with you on #3. I have had the same struggles and have really come to find out in only 6 months of being married that if the house is not put together then I'm not put together...and then our relationship doesn't feel put together. I love the idea of being much more intentional about it!

elle alice said...

These are great! I just started Lara Casey's Goal Setting series, so I am excited to start thinking about my yearly and monthly goals. I def. resonate with social media perusing at night and it is my goal to avoid this in 2014

msbrownparker said...

I stumbled on your blog awhile ago and just wanted to encourage you to keep blogging. Fellow teacher here! I always look forward to your posts.

thefinancialduckie said...

I absolutely love #3 and completely agree. I don't think your June Clever I think your following what God would want for you and your family. I too suck at this and I am determined to do better in that area. I came across your blog while in the process of writing my January Goals.. Awesome Post